Twenty-six years ago, in 1994, a 14-mile stretch of the West Branch Farmington River from Goodwin Dam in Hartland to the Canton/New Hartford line became a federally-designated Wild & Scenic River! in 2019, 1.1 miles in Canton were designated Wild & Scenic making the Upper Farmington River designated area a total of 15.1 miles. Learn more about Wild & Scenic here. Read the 2019 Annual Report here.


Wild & Scenic Art Show

Wishing you peace and comfort this holiday season. May you experience profound joy in the nature and beauty of our winter landscape. Please view the Wild & Scenic Art Show, which celebrates the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of the Farmington River. The exhibit features art from members of the community who have been inspired by the area's Wild & Scenic characteristics: scenic beauty; free-flowing, clean water; fish & wildlife; recreation; and history & culture. 

The Art Show will be available to view as a video from December 21, 2020, through February 28, 2021. Thank you to artists Rita Bond, Dan Bowler, Tom CameronJim DeCesare, Holly Hall, Fran Hoffnagle, Germaine Lemieux, Deborah Leonard, Jean Miller, and Robin Schofield.

View Art Show video here


New Phone Number

Please note our phone number is now : 860-738-2456

Remote meetings due to COVID-19

Please note - all FRCC meetings will be held as a conference call to protect the safety and health of the committee. Zoom Meeting ID: 844 932 8547 - the call in number is 866-423-6894 code 9815966.


There is nothing like a day on the river - kayaking, fishing, or hiking along. But please remember to recreate safely. Our River Steward Team is out and about helping promote "No Glass No Trash" -  join us in keeping our outstanding resource protected for all - including wildlife! Check out the River Stewards new River Safety & Etiquette video.  #RecreateResponsibly

2020 Scholarship Recipient
FRCC is pleased to announce we have awarded The Pat Keener Scholarship of $1,000 to Victoria Duffy of New Hartford. Victoria is a hard-working student with many accolades. She has been involved in her local Envirothon Club, FFA, volunteered for the Winchester Land Trust, earned a 4.54 GPA from Northwest Regional High School - just to name a few of her accomplishments. Victoria plans to attend UCONN in the fall, majoring in Environmental Science.

An excerpt from Victoria's essay:
"I am interested in this scholarship because I plan to receive a BS in Environmental Science with a focus on sustainable farming and energy. I plan to dedicate my life to researching and developing healthier alternatives to energy, farming practices, plastic production, and so much more, and this scholarship would help me achieve my childhood mantra--to save the world."

Land Conservation and Project-based Grants 
As part of its effort to support local endeavors and enhance protection of the Upper Farmington River, FRCC offers small grants for applicable projects from the riverbank to the watershed level. FRCC is supporting the scope of work for the Town of Barkhamsted provided by the consultant engineers at Princeton Hydro to address the streambank restoration adjacent to West River Road just below the entrance of Sandy Brook into West Branch Farmington River. 

FRCC continues to support local land trusts, including New Hartford Land Trust and Hartland Land Trust, and other organizations work, such as FRWA's Water Quality Monitoring Program, and FALPS Pollinator Garden in Peoples State Forest. FRCC is also busy with the Invasive Plant Management Program



"A Short History of the Farmington River: and the Quest for a National Wild & Scenic River designation"


Now available - get your copy today!

Please submit a request here.

Or read online here



Farmington River Coordinating Committee
PO Box 395
Pleasant Valley, CT 06063
Phone: 860-738-2456


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